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Press Release: Huggins Announces Signing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 18, 2015) – West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced the signing of Lamont West to a national letter of intent for the 2015-16 academic year.

West, a 6-foot-8, 205 pound forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, recently graduated from Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Georgia. He will have four years of eligibility at WVU.

At Miller Grove this past season, he averaged 17.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks per game. West shot 59 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line.

“We are extremely excited to get a player of Lamont’s ability this late in the process,” said Huggins. “Obviously, we have known about Lamont for several years when he was in Cincinnati. He will give us tremendous versatility on the front line, and we certainly expect him to continue to grow.”

West led Miller Grove to a 27-4 overall record and a 14-0 mark in Region 6-AAAAA, falling shy of the Class AAAAA state championship. Playing for coach Sharman White, West had double-doubles with 11 points and 12 rebounds against Druid Hills and 14 points and 10 rebounds against Southwest DeKalb.

West earned a spot on the 2015 DeKalb County Boys’ All-Star team. He earned Class AAAAA Georgia All-State Honorable Mention honors.

Before his senior season at Miller Grove High, West attended Withrow High in Cincinnati for three years, the same school as current Mountaineer Devin Williams.

West’s mother, Tonya Kirk, was a four-year starter at Purdue from 1993-96 and helped guide the Boilermakers to the Final Four in 1994.

West joins Esa Ahmad, a 6-foot-8 forward from Shaker Heights, Ohio, James “Beetle” Bolden, a 6-foot guard from Covington, Kentucky, and Teyvon Myers, a 6-foot-2 guard from Brooklyn, New York, in the 2015-16 recruiting class.

“We are excited about this group,” said Huggins. “They will go a long way in helping us adjust with the losses of our senior class. Collectively, I’m most impressed with their basketball IQ. All of them can play in multiple positions and in a variety of ways.”

Release courtesy WVU Athletic Communication

Photo credit Lamont West

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